When considering the improvement in health and quality of life that bariatric surgery and quality aftercare may provide, the cost of surgery is often a small consideration. The Life Weight Loss Centre has a range of payment options to ensure whoever you are you will receive the best care available.
You may be able to apply for early release of super to cover some or all the costs of your weight loss surgery.
It is free to apply with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for early release of your super. The ATO staff are available to assist you with any enquiries about your application.
The following process applies:
1. Prepare your evidence for compassionate early release of your super and apply using the online form.
2. The ATO will assess your eligibility for a compassionate release of super. This can take up to 14 days (28 days for paper applications). Once approved, they will notify you and your super provider.
3. Contact your super provider with your approval letter from the ATO and arrange the release of your money in one lump sum payment.
4. Use the released funds to pay your expenses and keep your receipts as evidence.
Find out more on the Australian Taxation Office website.
Depending on your cover and insurer, most private health insurers will cover over 60% of your gastric surgery with MediCare covering an additional component. The costs covered by your health insurer will also depend on whether you are opting for a gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve.
An important thing to note is that obesity is considered a pre-existing condition. This means that you will most likely have to wait 12 months from the date of joining a health fund to getting the surgery.
To find out more information from an insurer on the types of surgeries they cover and the out of the pocket costs, contact them directly and quote the following item number:
|TYPE OF SURGERY||Gastric banding||Gastric bypass||Gastric sleeve||Duodenal switch||Reversal of Gastric Banding||Intragastric Balloon|
|ITEM NUMBER||Item 31569||Item 31572||Item 31575||Item 31581||Item 31584||Item 30473|
|Type of surgery||Item number|
|Gastric banding||Item 31569|
|Gastric bypass||Item 31572|
|Gastric sleeve||Item 31575|
|Duodenal switch||Item 31581|
|Reversal of Gastric Banding||Item 31584|
|Intragastric* balloon||Item 30473|
Paying for the surgery outright may seem expensive but could very well be worth it depending on your situation and if you are in a financial position to pay for your surgery.
For more detailed information on surgery, costs and other things to consider, please click ‘Find Out More’ and complete the form at the bottom of the page.
The decision to undertake weight loss surgery is serious. When making your choice, there are many factors to consider, the cost of the procedure is only one.
Weight loss procedures are often major surgical events, so having a team of experts to guide you to successful and sustained weight loss is important. The reason we are telling you this is not to scare you, rather we want to demonstrate the importance of choosing the right surgeon and partner for your operation.
Dr Durmush is the pioneer of the staple line reinforcement technique. A surgical innovation leading to the reduction of staple line leaks and complications. Choosing Dr Durmush and Life Weight Loss as your weight loss partner means you are choosing one of Australia’s most experienced weight loss surgeons with thousands of successful procedures completed over 15 years.
Dr Durmush has completed thousands of successful procedures, with a complication rate of less than 0.5% for the primary sleeve. In fact, Dr Durmush is often referred patients for bariatric revisional surgery where the patient requires adjustments to an original surgery that only an experienced surgeon could offer.
Choosing Life Weight Loss as your weight loss partner means you are supported by Australia’s leading professionals in weight loss procedures. We work closely with you to create a plan that works for you, ensuring your journey to a better life is marked by success. Our in-house care team works around you so that in one appointment and in one location you have access to the support you need: surgeon, dietitian, psychologist and exercise physiologist.
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